The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the Manchester region that had QA Engineer featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 February 2017 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
27 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Engineer
North West / Manchester
Rank 84 100 86
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -14
Contract jobs requiring a QA Engineer 8 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.60% 0.17% 0.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.63% 0.18% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 3
Median daily rate £240 £313 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.20% +7.75%
UK excluding London median daily rate £295 £363 £338
% change year-on-year
-18.62% +7.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1272 1712 1457
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 94.71% 95.38% 95.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 793 982 815
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 44 53
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.20 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £48.00 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.48 £16.85
% change year-on-year
-5.27% +9.64%

QA Engineer
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

The demand trend of IT contracts across the Manchester region that featured QA Engineer in the job title.

QA Engineer Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

QA Engineer
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing QA Engineer across the Manchester region.

QA Engineer Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 27 February 2017, QA Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region featuring QA Engineer in the job title.

1 10 (100.00%) QA
1 10 (100.00%) Selenium
2 9 (90.00%) Java
2 9 (90.00%) QA Automation
3 8 (80.00%) Test Scripting
4 7 (70.00%) Automated Testing
4 7 (70.00%) PL/SQL
4 7 (70.00%) SQL
4 7 (70.00%) XML
4 7 (70.00%) Defect Management
5 6 (60.00%) High Availability
5 6 (60.00%) JIRA
5 6 (60.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 4 (40.00%) BDD
6 4 (40.00%) WebDriver
7 3 (30.00%) Regression Testing
7 3 (30.00%) Configuration Management
7 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (20.00%) TDD
8 2 (20.00%) Visual Studio
8 2 (20.00%) Performance Testing
8 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
8 2 (20.00%) Gherkin
8 2 (20.00%) Test Automation
9 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
9 1 (10.00%) SoapUI
9 1 (10.00%) Functional Testing
9 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
9 1 (10.00%) User Stories
9 1 (10.00%) Automation Testing

QA Engineer Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Development Applications
1 10 (100.00%) Selenium
2 6 (60.00%) JIRA
3 4 (40.00%) WebDriver
4 2 (20.00%) Visual Studio
5 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
5 1 (10.00%) IntelliJ
5 1 (10.00%) Jenkins
5 1 (10.00%) SoapUI
5 1 (10.00%) SpecFlow
5 1 (10.00%) TestNG
General
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (70.00%) XML
2 2 (20.00%) Gherkin
3 1 (10.00%) .NET
3 1 (10.00%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (90.00%) QA Automation
2 8 (80.00%) Test Scripting
3 7 (70.00%) Automated Testing
3 7 (70.00%) Defect Management
4 6 (60.00%) High Availability
4 6 (60.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (40.00%) BDD
6 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (30.00%) Configuration Management
6 3 (30.00%) Regression Testing
7 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
7 2 (20.00%) Performance Testing
7 2 (20.00%) TDD
7 2 (20.00%) Test Automation
8 1 (10.00%) API Testing
8 1 (10.00%) Automation Testing
8 1 (10.00%) Cross-Browser Testing
8 1 (10.00%) Functional Testing
8 1 (10.00%) User Stories
8 1 (10.00%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (90.00%) Java
2 7 (70.00%) PL/SQL
2 7 (70.00%) SQL
3 1 (10.00%) C#
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (10.00%) SDET